The Cavaliers shot just 46.2 percent from the field as a team to open the game.
Milwaukee opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run to take a 39-27 lead with 7:29 left in the second quarter which prompted the return of Kyrie Irving to the floor. The Cavaliers had a six-point lead late in the first quarter when Irving left the game and they were down 12 once he re-entered.
Irving finished the half with 12 points and three assists on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Alonzo Gee led the Cavaliers with 16 points, in the half on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.
Mike Dunleavy had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 5-of-6 shooting from the field off the bench for Milwaukee in the first two quarters. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 16 points in the first half.